BROADBAND WOES - Feds Orders $2.5 Million Returned For WV Broadband Solutions


West Virginia is among the last in the nation with real broadband access.

West Virginia will have to return to the federal government about $2.5 million in stimulus funds left over from a statewide broadband expansion project plagued by allegations of mismanagement and reckless spending.

The $126.3 million project has repeatedly come under fire. Last February, the Legislative Auditor released a scathing report, finding that state officials wasted at least $7.9 million -- and up to $15 million -- after buying oversized Internet routers for small libraries and other public facilities with only a few Internet connections.

In October, a second audit revealed that state officials circumvented state purchasing laws before awarding contracts to companies that were paid with stimulus funds.

See $2.5M in W.Va. broadband stimulus funds headed back to feds by Eric Eyre for the Charleston Gazette

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